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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Falling For Romeo by Jennifer Laurens

Author: Jennifer Laurens
Source: Personal Purchase
Genre: Young Adult

Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing; 2 edition (May 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933963948
ISBN-13: 978-1933963945


John can have any girl he wants. Jennifer's never been kissed.
Everybody thinks he's perfect. She's got issues with pride and jealousy.
They were best friends-once. Now, they're playing Romeo and Juliet. Virgin lips Jennifer must have her first kiss on stage with John, the guy every girl in school wants. The pressure and tension build along with each staged kiss. Both are shocked when feelings bloom. Can either tell which kisses are real and which are for show?


Author Jennifer Laurens has to be one of the best authors to portray in her writing the perfect blend of teen angst, romance and sweetness.  Everything I have read from her has been wonderful and captivating.  Falling For Romeo is another wonderfully written book that I wish had been around when I was a teenager trying to find something to read.

John is the perfect crush of his high school.  He is sweet, outgoing, a jock, and all around good guy.  He volunteers, is a good son and is now playing the lead in the high school play of Romeo and Juliet.  Jennifer has won the coveted role of Juliet for the play and happens to be John's next door neighbor.  They grew up playing with each other and John considers her his best friend even though he hasn't been much of friend lately.  Together they need to work through their differences and put together the best play they can. 

I loved the characters in this book.  They have real problems and struggle with balancing many activities while trying to renew their friendship.  One has a bad home life, the other longs for what was once great between the two.  While Jennifer has never been kissed by a boy really, she is nervous over the big kissing scenes that are the pivotal points in the play.  It was hilarious at how she tried to get experience in kissing so she wouldn't be horrible at it for John. 

While I enjoyed the book and would recommend it in a heartbeat to everyone, I wasn't as excited about it as I normally am with this authors books.  Maybe I was turned off a little by the retro looking cover, or maybe it was my reading taste at the time, but it was still a sweet and fun read. 


Very Good! I would recommend this book! 4 STARS



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